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The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) will soon be returning to screens across Australia, showcasing the years best films from Korea’s thriving film industry.

Launched in 2010 and organised by the Korean Cultural Centre AustraliaKOFFIA is the biggest Korean film event in Oceania. Held in four major Australian cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, it is the largest government funded Korean event outside Korea and is proudly supported by the Korean Film Council, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The 10th Festival in 2019 will run for 18 days showcasing 22 films over 53 sessions. It aims to present the wonder of Korean culture through film. From big budget blockbusters, gripping indie flicks, rom-coms, pop culture musings and more, the Festival presents a packed program of world-class cinema, from the hottest Korean filmmakers. KOFFIA is a cinematic experience for people of all tastes, ages and cultural backgrounds.

Below are three more of the movies that you’ll be able to watch during KOFFIA 2019, including two Australian premieres.

Parasite (기생충)

Winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Sydney’s own Sydney Film Festival Prize, Parasite is a satire on income inequality by world renowned director Bong Joon-hoo.

Ki-taek’s family of four is close, but hopelessly unemployed. Without prospects, they hustle as best they can to scrape by. The son,Ki-woo, carries the expectations of his family as he heads to the home of a wealthy family for a job interview. What follows is a vivid and beautifully composed story that contrasts the lifestyles of the two families using humour, mystery and a creeping sense of tension.

KOFFIA 2019 – Parasite (기생충)

Winner of this year’s Palme d'Or at #Cannes Film Festival and Sydney’s own Sydney Film Festival Prize, Parasite is a satire on income inequality by world renowned director #BongJoonho. Carrying the expectations of all his family, the son heads to the Park family home for an interview. Following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait.🎬 Parasite (기생충)Director: Bong Joon-hoCast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Park So-dam 📍SYD 24 AUG 14:00📍CBR 25 AUG 18:30📍BNE 6 SEP 18:00📍MEL 10 SEP 20:00🎟 Tickets on sale from 1 AUG (SYD, CBR) and 15 AUG (BNE, MEL) via www.koffia.com.au🤓 Review: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/05/parasite-review-bong-joon-ho-1202143634

Posted by Korean Film Festival in Australia on Thursday, 1 August 2019

A Resistance (항거: 유관순 이야기)

Making it’s Australian Premiere, ‘A Resistance’ is the inspiring story of Yu Gwan-sun #유관순, one of the most-recognized independence fighters in Korea, played by Ko Asung who also starred in ‘The Host‘ (2006) and ‘Snowpiercer‘ (2013).

During the colonial rule of Japan, Yu Gwan-sun is imprisoned for being a key instigator of the March 1st Movement, a peaceful protest for Korea’s
independence. Undaunted, the 17 year old unites her fellow inmates to
resist Japan. ‘A Resistance‘ is the true story of patriotism, courage and undying strength displayed through a young liberated spirit.

KOFFIA 2019 – A Resistance (항거: 유관순 이야기)

An inspiring story of Yu Gwan-sun #유관순, one of the most-recognized independence fighters in Korea, played by #TheHost (2006) and #Snowpiercer (2013) star #KoAsung.During the colonial rule of Japan, Yu Gwan-sun is imprisoned for being a key instigator of the March 1st Movement, a peaceful protest for Korea’sindependence. Undaunted, the 17 year old unites her fellow inmates toresist Japan. 🎬 A Resistance (항거: 유관순 이야기)**AUS. PREMIERE**Director: Joe Min-hoCast: Ko Asung, Kim Sae-byuk, Kim Ye-eun📍SYD 22 AUG 19:00📍BNE 5 SEP 18:00📍MEL 7 SEP 11:30🎟 Tickets on sale from 1 AUG (SYD, CBR) and 15 AUG (BNE, MEL) via www.koffia.com.au

Posted by Korean Film Festival in Australia on Thursday, 1 August 2019

Take Point (PMC: 더벙커) 

Another movie making its Australian premiere ‘Take Point‘ is a fully-fledged blockbuster. This is the second mainstream film for star Ha Jung-woo (The Hand Maiden, 2016) and (‘Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, 2017). The movie is centred on a CIA-backed plot to abduct North Korea’s supreme leader. Billed as a cross between Wag the Dog (1997) and The Expendables (2010), this action thriller is the perfect mix of clever plot and cracking action choreography.

KOFFIA 2019 – Take Point (PMC: 더벙커)

A fully-fledged #blockbuster, Take Point is the second mainstream film for star Ha Jung-woo (The Hand Maiden, 2016) and centred on a #CIA-backed plot to abduct North Korea’s supreme leader. Billed as a cross between Wag the Dog (1997) and The Expendables (2010), this #action #thriller is the perfect mix of clever plot and cracking action choreography.🎬 Take Point (PMC: 더벙커) **AUS.PREMIERE**Director: Kim Byung-wooCast: Ha Jung-woo, Lee Sun-kyun, Jennifer Ehle📍SYD 31 AUG 15:30🎟 Tickets on sale from 1 AUG (SYD, CBR) and 15 AUG (BNE, MEL) via www.koffia.com.au🤓 Review: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/take-point-pmc-deo-bungkeo-film-review-1175794

Posted by Korean Film Festival in Australia on Tuesday, 30 July 2019

DATES AND VENUES OF KOFFIA

  • Sydney : 22-31 Aug 2019 @ Dendy Opera Quay (Shop 9, 2 East, Sydney NSW 2000)
  • Canberra : 22-25 Aug 2019 @ Palace Electric (NewActon Nishi, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra ACT 2601)
  • Brisbane : 5-8 Sep 2019 @ The Elizabeth Picture Theatre (175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000)
  • Melbourne : 5-12 Sep 2019 @ Capitol Theatre (113 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000)

Every film presented at the Festival screens with English subtitles.

For full program and session details head to the KOFFIA website: www.koffia.com.au

As we promised, we’ve teamed up with KOFFIA to give you the opportunity to attend a screening of your choice in each of the festival locations.

We have one double pass for Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne to giveaway. All you need to tell us in the comments below which film you want to see and why. Competition closes on August 18.

We’ll bring you more details of KOFFIA as they are released, including more program previews, and details of the international guests who will be attending.

Tickets go on sale from 1 August (Sydney and Canberra) and 16 August (Brisbane and Melbourne).

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Written and edited by Narelle

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